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Poster: Reade Date: Nov 23, 2012 10:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: American Masters (indirectly Dead related if you follow me))

The clips of what Young was up to in the early eighties were pretty hilarious ('Sample and Hold'). Some pretty goofy stuff in retrospect. It's one of those deals where I can totally understand where both parties were coming from in that dispute. And to Geffin's credit he dropped the suit after thinking better of it.
The Eagles issue was a business deal and yeah it was cold for the whole thing to go down that way, without he Geffen even telling them. But as the film makes clear he was responsible- in every way- for their mega-success in the first place.
More interesting to me in that instance was how the film made clear the business model for Asylum Records (taking unknowns with alot of talent, paying their rent, dentist bills, etc., while they honed their craft and found their creative voice) proved unsustainable after the artists in question got famous and rich. What's left at that point? Trying to get Crosby's special weed to him in NY, making sure others had the right color of M&Ms in their dressing room...?
A stunning illustration of how an idea, concept, business model, whatever, can become outdated even given Outrageous Success initially. Things change no matter what! Which might be another Grateful Dead tie-in to this story.